[FFmpeg-user] A comment about this community (was: RE: sudo: ffmpeg: command not found)

Jim DeLaHunt list+ffmpeg-user at jdlh.com
Sun Nov 1 21:51:13 EET 2020

On 2020-11-01 07:07, Marc Erickson wrote:
> https://youtu.be/Q_7tuL0kbCE?t=77
> People are stupid.  Each person is stupid in their own way.  I'm somewhat stupid about Linux and I'm very stupid about how to make money in the stock market.  Other people might be smart about the stock market and Linux - and be stupid about music and Windows, two subjects that I know a lot about.
> If people get cursed for their stupidity, that usually doesn't encourage them to educate themselves about the matter they're stupid about.  Toxic replies can make people abandon the Linux community completely.  That's what I did the last time I was subjected to similar behaviour.
> The world needs more kindness and love, not toxicity.  It gets enough toxicity from us when we're short of sleep, in a bad mood, under stress, etc.  Please be kinder to each other.


Thank you for this reminder.

You asked a reasonable question. You should not have been greeted by the 
rudeness which some on this list showed to you. I'm sorry that happened 
to you.  The good-ish news is, you weren't singled out. Various people 
on this list are rude enough that lots of people get subjected to it.

In the video you linked to, @JayTheLinuxGuy makes a very good 
suggestion. On a support channel, the people with knowledge should 
either provide support, or choose not to reply. But they should not 
inject rudeness.

Best regards,
     —Jim DeLaHunt, software engineer, Vancouver, Canada

> All the best,
> Marc Erickson
> -----Original Message-----
> From: ffmpeg-user [mailto:ffmpeg-user-bounces at ffmpeg.org] On Behalf Of Matt Zagrabelny via ffmpeg-user
> Sent: October 29, 2020 1:02 PM
> To: FFmpeg user questions <ffmpeg-user at ffmpeg.org>
> Cc: Matt Zagrabelny <mzagrabe at d.umn.edu>
> Subject: Re: [FFmpeg-user] sudo: ffmpeg: command not found
> Reindl,
> I'm subscribed to mailing lists that you regularly post to (ffmpeg-user & systemd-devel).
> The manner (negative and condescending) in which you communicate isn't helpful to those you reply to and it isn't helpful to those who read your emails.
> Please reconsider how you interact with the rest of the communities you are a part of.
> Cordially,
> -m
> On Thu, Oct 29, 2020 at 2:52 PM Reindl Harald <h.reindl at thelounge.net>
> wrote:
>> Am 29.10.20 um 20:24 schrieb Carl Zwanzig:
>>> On 10/29/2020 12:02 PM, Reindl Harald wrote:
>>>> * everybody is born to read "ERROR" at the end of configure
>>> Un, no they're not, nor to understand what it means and *whether*
>>> it's relevant.
>> what exactly is hard to understand in teh word "error"?
>>>> * everybody is born to realize that "Try again from the top, git
>>>> clone a fresh working copy" is idiotic -
>>> No they're not, and yet we're always telling people to pull the
>>> latest and try that....Hmm, pick one.
>> yeah, another idiotic bullshit here, not read and not understand but
>> shout "pull the latest" while a trained monkey could realize that
>> "--enable-gnutls" and "gnutls not found" belong together
>> the only sane advive would have been "remobe any --enable you don't
>> understand and in doubt replace it with --disable/--without"
>> if you are missing something later you can always enable whatever but
>> starting with "--enable everything" is dumb, no matter what
>>>> * the error message was even clear
>>> If you actually understand it.
>> understand the word "error" is a good begin
>>>> * using "sudo" in front of everything is idiotic and not relevant
>>>> to ffmpeg,
>>> Idiotic? maybe not. Unwise and unnecessary, probably.
>> it's idiotic type "sudo" and if it#s only because you have more to
>> type
>>> Face it, Reindl, no one is as smart as you or has as much insight or
>>> experience as you do and they never will. You can either be a help
>>> people learn or you can be an ass. All of your emails suggest the latter.
>>> Heck, _you_ might even learn something in the process
>> i learned that this world is lost
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